Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026


    Guild members volunteer for annual Shoreline Sweep

    Thursday, May 16, 2019 by The Guild

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    From left, Mike Pesarchick Jr., Francesca Bond and Aaron Besecker.

    By Mike Pesarchick Jr.

    The sun was shining on the Scajaquada Pathway as I, Aaron Besecker and Francesca Bond arrived to take part in Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s annual Shoreline Sweep, dedicated to cleaning up trash from the area’s waterways.

    The Guild has taken part in the sweep for many years now; this was the first year we went to Scajaquada Creek to clean up. In recent years, we had cleaned up the shores at Father Conway Park in the Old First Ward.

    We and the two dozen other volunteers were issued neoprene gloves, trash bags and tongs and marched off to the shore.

    Trash ranged from small candy wrappers to beer growlers and basketballs. Dozens, if not hundreds of plastic bottles and Styrofoam plates littered the shore, most likely heaved from the thousands of cars that pass by on the Scajaquada Expressway yards from the water.

    In two hours of work, we three pulled six full bags of trash and recyclable bottles, two basketballs and one shopping cart out of the water and off the shore.

    With 2,300 other volunteers sweeping 60 locations across Western New York, we were just a small part of the machine, but it felt good to make a difference.

    Guild members participate in annual Kids Day

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by The Guild

    Members of the Guild sold Kids Day editions of The Buffalo News once again this year to benefit Oishei Children’s Hospital.

    Guild members volunteer each year at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and East Ferry Street to sell papers in the early morning hours.

    On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, thanks to decent weather, enthusiastic volunteers and generous souls, the Guild’s Kids Day volunteers raised $304. This is our highest total in more than a decade at least.


    Reporter Maki Becker sells papers at Jefferson and East Ferry. (Photo by Sharon Cantillon)


    Guild sets Annual Holiday Party for Dec. 14

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018 by The Guild

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    Sun paper expansion results in more hiring, raises for Sun-based Guild members

    Friday, September 21, 2018 by Colin Dabkowski

    9.19.18 — The Buffalo News is moving forward with its expansion of weekly Sun papers, committing to launching three additional weeklies in addition to the Hamburg Sun and Kenmore-Tonawanda Sun papers that operate now.

    And that is good news for the Guild.

    Next month, The News will launch the Orchard Park Sun, the Lancaster-Depew Sun and the West Seneca Sun papers. That expansion will involve the hiring of two new reporters and an additional full-time page designer, all of whom are covered under a new agreement reached between the Guild and management.


    Join us for the Labor Day Parade

    Friday, August 31, 2018 by The Guild

    Guild leadership is strongly encouraging all members and their families to attend this year’s Labor Day Parade, where we will remind the community of our important work. 

    The parade will head down Abbott Road in South Buffalo to Cazenovia Park, where free hotdogs, hamburgers, snacks and drinks will be provided to all. There will be shuttle buses from Cazenovia Park starting at the Casino and going to the corner of Stevenson and Cumberland avenues from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. For people who park at the beginning of the parade route, there will be return busses from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. The food begins being served at 1:00pm at the Casino. Family members are invited join.

    We ask all participants to wear their red Guild shirts. It’s been a while since we’ve used them, so if you don’t have one or need a different size, see Colin Dabkowski in editorial. He will bring extras on Monday.

    When: Please arrive by 11:30 a.m. Monday. Parade begins at noon.

    Where: Guild members will gather at the corner of Abbott Road and Stevenson Street. Park at either end of the parade route. Consider coordinating with another person to prevent having to walk back to your vehicle.

    Volunteers needed for Guild’s annual community project with Riverkeeper

    Thursday, April 5, 2018 by The Guild

    What: Buffalo Newspaper Guild’s annual cleanup event.
    When: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 21. Please arrive shortly before 9:45 a.m.
    Where: Ohio Street Boat Launch, 421 Ohio St., near Father Conway Park on South Street.
    Register: BNWaterKeeper.org/cleanup

    A litter cleanup of the small park at the Ohio Street Boat Launch on Saturday, April 21 will mark the seventh year of a Guild initiative to aid the Spring Shoreline Cleanup coordinated by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

    The annual effort is conducted in memory of our late friend and reporter John “Jay” Bonfatti. Jay, who died in 2008, loved the outdoors and believed strongly in caring for the environment.

    Guild members, with volunteers from other groups, have helped clear tons of trash from this location, which has improved significantly in recent years with new developments.
    Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting our major waterways. The cleanup involves more than 1,000 volunteers at about 40 sites.


    Guild’s Holiday Party is Dec. 8

    Friday, November 3, 2017 by The Guild

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    Cordially invites you to the …

    Annual Holiday Party

     6-10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8 (Dinner at 7:00 p.m.)

    Templeton Landing

    FREE for Guild members

    $5 for retirees; $10 for guests

    For tickets, see Felice McMillion in ABC, Latrice Carr in Circulation, and Susan Kelly, Steve Watson or Colin Dabkowski in Editorial or Contact Kim at the Guild office 856-2828

     Deadline for tickets is Nov. 22

    Guild members march in Labor Day Parade

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by The Guild

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    Guild members and their families and pets participated in the annual WNY AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. They marched through South Buffalo, then joined their fellow union members in a picnic at Cazenovia Park. News Photographer Sharon Cantillon shot the parade and Reporter Mark Sommer covered the event for the News.

    Guild members participate in annual shoreline cleanup

    Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Guild

    18076591_1354478187953794_4792224291867327387_oGuild members once again bundled up and braved the mid-April cold to participate in a shoreline cleanup for the sixth year in a row.

    The cleanup was held at Father Conway Park and the Ohio Street Boat Launch in the Old First Ward, a large piece of land that encompasses railroad tracks, the shoreline and a large, open field. Guild members were thankful for sunshine and dry ground as they fanned out across the park to pick up trash and debris. Many large garbage and recycling bags were filled to the brim by the end of the morning.

    The annual Spring Shoreline Cleanup was organized by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, which involved more than 1,500 volunteer at 40 sites along the shoreline.

    Guild members participate annually in memory of our late friend, reporter and Guild leader John “Jay” Bonfatti. Jay, who died in 2008, loved the outdoors and believed strongly in caring for the natural wonders of Western New York.

    Annual holiday party Dec. 2

    Sunday, October 30, 2016 by The Guild

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    Annual Holiday Party

    6-10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 (Dinner at 7:00 p.m.)
    Templeton Landing

    FREE for Guild members $5 for retirees; $10 for guests

    Enjoy a great dinner and entertainment, including dancing, performances by the Lonnie Hudkins Memorial Singers, and Jeff Miers and his band.

    For tickets, see Felice McMillion in ABC, Renee Mikler in Classified Adversiting, Latrice Carr in Circulation, and Susan Kelley, Henry Davis or Colin Dabkowski in Editorial.

    Deadline for tickets is Nov. 18